Lever Park Lodge celebrates 50 years

Lever Park Lodge No 8144 has celebrated its consecration which took place 50 years ago with a special celebration meeting.

John Dawber delivers his talk.

John Dawber delivers his talk.

Consecrated in December 1967, Lever Park Lodge is a daughter lodge of Horwich Lodge No 2324, along with Wilderswood Lodge No 5932. Rockhaven Lodge was also one of the daughter lodges but has now amalgamated with the mother lodge, and all three meet at the wonderful surroundings of Ridgmont House.

Vince Baldwin welcomed everyone and opened the meeting. The business however was conducted by past masters of the lodge. Peter Hannis took the master’s chair and John Dainty acted as senior warden with Ivan Millington as junior warden.

Another past master of the lodge, John Dawber had researched a paper detailing the history of the lodge from consecration to the present day. John was himself master in 1997.

His paper was very informative as he advised his audience that, during its 50 years history, the lodge has had 160 members and 50 masters, many of whom John had known personally. Members of the audience learnt about how the lodge grew and of some of the highlights of the last 50 years, with John making reference to many of the past masters during his very entertaining talk.

Pictured from left to right, are: Paul Hesketh, Vince Baldwin and Mark Arrowsmith in fine voice.

Pictured from left to right, are: Paul Hesketh, Vince Baldwin and Mark Arrowsmith in fine voice.

John received a warm round of applause following his talk and two of the longest serving brethren of the lodge were present. Arthur Hamer was master in 1979 and Richard Parkinson was master in 1984 and they were both presented with a bouquet of flowers by the present master Vince Baldwin.

Vince then resumed the master’s chair and closed the meeting in due form. The brethren retired to a Christmas festive board during which a raffle raised £163 for good causes. There was a fantastic rendition of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Mother Lodge’ by the junior warden Clive Butterworth. He addressed the visitors with the poem recited completely from memory.

The response to his toast was made by Peter Schofield, the master of Wilderswood Lodge who commended Clive on his delivery of the poem and also mentioned that he had also responded at the 25 year celebration of Lever Park Lodge as a visiting master.

It was then time to sing Christmas carols and led by Peter Hannis and accompanied by Martin Brownlow on piano, everyone took part in a rendition of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ which proved a very entertaining end to the evening.

The brethren of Lever Park Lodge with their master.

The brethren of Lever Park Lodge with their master.